Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Darke, Diana, author

Title The merchant of Syria : a history of survival / Diana Darke
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : chiefly color illustrations, color maps
Contents The mercantile tradition -- An Ottoman inheritance -- The patriarchal society -- A brief childhood -- The French Mandate and the Great Syrian Revolt -- Marriage, divorce and remarriage -- Syrian independence and the rise of the Ba'ath party -- Early business ventures and politics -- The Lebanon effect -- Expansion into London -- The commercial climate under Hafez al-Assad -- Emigration to Britain -- Bashar al-Assad and the beginnings of economic liberalisation -- A Syrian merchant in London -- The Syrian revolution and the war economy -- Return to Homs and final displacement -- The merchant legacy and the future of Syria
Summary "Barely literate, and supporting his mother and sisters from the age of ten, Abu Chaker built up a business empire--despite twice losing everything he had. Diana Darke follows his tumultuous journey, from instability in Syria and civil war in Lebanon, to his arrival in England in the 1970s, where he rescued a failing Yorkshire textile mill, Hield Bros, and transformed it into a global brand. The Merchant of Syria tells two parallel stories: the life of a cloth merchant and his resilience, and the rich history of a nation built on trade. Over millennia Syria has seen great conflict and turmoil, but like the remarkable story of Abu Chaker, it continues to survive."--Jacket flap
Notes Map on lining pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-320) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Abu Chaker (Mohammad Chaker Chamsi-Pasha), 1921-2013
Merchants -- Syria -- Biography
Textile industry -- Syria -- History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- General.
Economic history.
Textile industry.
Syria -- Economic conditions -- 1918-
Syria -- History -- 20th century
Syria -- History -- Civil War, 2011-
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0190934816